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Set Your Calendars ! Woofstock 90210 is here !

Woofstock 90210 has been rescheduled to Sunday, June 26 ! Bring your pups and get your fun on, you won’t regret it 🙂

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Get ready for Woofstock 90210 ! Bring your pup and get your family picture taken at the Beverly Hills Small Animal Hospital booth, and enjoy the dog agility demonstration, the pet talent show, and all the gourmet food trucks. Can’t wait to see all of our clients there !

Sunday March 6, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more info visit: http://www.beverlyhills.org/exploring/woofstock90210/?NFR=1

 

Melanie Passes her RVT Exams !

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Melanie Bellomo Shifflett has completed a remarkably difficult challenge – she passed her RVT exams ! Becoming an RVT, or Registered Veterinary Technician, takes many hours, dedication, knowledge, and skill, as well as excellent test-taking abilities, and thankfully, our lovely Melanie possesses all of these qualities.

Even more incredibly, Melanie studied for and passed her exams during her pregnancy, after her labor, and during the first two months of her son George’s life. She is truly a Superwoman !

Melanie young tech

Melanie’s career at the Beverly Hills Small Animal Hospital spans an entire decade. She first began working at the hospital in 2005, after she met Dr. Suehiro at the Porter Ranch YMCA. Dr. Suehiro invited Melanie to volunteer at the hospital, and once she set foot here she never left.

Melanie already had a degree in Animal and Equine Science from the Colorado State University College of Agricultural Sciences, but she had no experience with cats or dogs. She did not let that stop her ! Melanie went from being a volunteer, to a doctor’s assistant, to a lead technician, and now the Beverly Hills Small Animal Hospital’s resident Registered Veterinary Technician.

Melanie with Accordion

Registered Veterinary Technicians in California first have to take an exam that is specific to the laws and procedures of the state. If they pass the state exam, they then need to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam, which all RVT’s are given. Melanie passed both tests on her first attempt.

The topics covered on the exams are extremely varied and nuanced, and are not relegated to just cats and dogs. Turtles, snakes, pigs – questions about pretty much any exotic or large animal can be asked on the RVT exam. Some of the areas covered on the exams are:

  • Emergency treatment and protocols: shock, triage
  • Laboratory procedures: hematology, cytology, urinalysis, microbiology, blood chemistry
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Surgical assisting
  • Anesthesia
  • Animal nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Dentistry
  • Animal behavior
  • Pharmacy and pharmacology
  • Zoonotic diseases
  • Fiberglass casting

 

And that’s not even everything !

We are so proud of Melanie, and could not have been less surprised with how well she has done. As Dr. Winters calmly said when we asked him if he was excited that Mel had passed her exams, “I figured she would.” Us too.

Melanie dog pile

Here is a tender statement Dr. Suehiro wrote about Melanie’s work at the hospital – Enjoy:

I met Melanie 11 years ago through a friend at the YMCA. I remember the first time I met Melanie, when I went mountain biking with my friends and she greeted me with one of her signature warm hugs. I am not a touchy feely person, but she was so warm and sincere about it that I let it slide. Later, I found out that Melanie graduated from Colorado State University as a pre-veterinary student, but did not pursue the veterinary track. At the time, Melanie seemed lost and unsure about her future. I really liked her warm outgoing friendly upbeat personality, so I asked her to volunteer at our hospital to maybe find her passion in the veterinary field again.

During her 11 year tenure here, Melanie has flourished and developed into one of our most loyal, devoted, and cherished employees at our hospital. Melanie displays the utmost honesty, integrity, character, and compassion. Her excellent interpersonal and communication skills makes her invaluable. She has worked in every department in the hospital from kennel attendant to hospital manager. She treats all the animals, clients and our employees with genuine compassion and respect.

Now, Melanie is a registered veterinary technician and the head technician of the hospital. I am so pleased and proud of how she persevered and achieved this accomplishment. I feel blessed that I have someone like Melanie at my side. Not only does she run and supervise the intensive care and surgery areas of the hospital but I also rely on her for advice on running the daily operations of the hospital.

I congratulate Melanie on her latest accomplishment. Melanie has a wonderful gift to help and care for animals and people. I hope she will continue to utilize her special gift and develop her skills as a registered technician. I expect that Melanie will help the Beverly Hills Small Animal Hospital become a progressive compassionate hospital for years to come. Please don’t leave any time soon.

 

Melanie with Scout and Marsha

 

Preventing Gastric Torsion: Prophylactic Gastroplexy Surgery for Large Dogs

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“You guys have it so easy!” A Great Dane looks down at his tiny Chihuahua friends. Great Danes have a 40% chance of developing gastric torsion in their lifetime! Photo by David Shankbone/Wikimedia Commons.
Gastric torsion, or gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV), is an all-too common cause of concern for owners of large breed dogs.

Gastric torsion is also often (incorrectly) referred to as “bloat,” but bloat can occur without the stomach twisting – gastric torsion is an emergency situation.

Great Danes, Doberman Pinschers, and German Shepherds in particular, are all at high-risk for this life-threatening and often fatal condition. Great Danes have a 40% chance of having gastric bloat in their lifetime – meaning, approximately 1 in 3 Great Danes will have gastric torsion!

Other breeds that are at high risk for GDV are Gordon Setters, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Weimaraners, Saint Bernards, Irish Setters, Standard Poodles, and Rhodesian Ridgebacks. Basset Hounds are one of the few medium size dogs that are also at risk for GDV.

If your large dog is male, and is middle-aged or older, their risk for this condition increases even more.

Gastric torsion can occur in medium and small dogs, but it is very rare.

 

Gastroplexy stomach diagram

 

What is Gastric Torsion?

Gastric torsion is a life-threatening condition in which a dog’s stomach will dilate and then literally twist around and flip over inside the abdomen. This causes an increase in pressure in the abdomen due to the build-up of gases, blockage of blood flow to the heart and stomach, tearing in the stomach wall, and difficulty breathing. Without treatment, a dog will most likely die within 24 – 36 hours, sometimes much sooner. With immediate treatment (rushing to the vet as soon as symptoms are suspected), the rate of survival is increased, but unfortunately, cannot be guaranteed.

Will My Dog have Gastric Torsion?

There are a few factors that increase a dog’s likelihood for developing GDV. If your dog is a large breed, such as the breeds listed above. If your dog is a purebred. If your dog is middle-aged (about 7 years) or older. If your dog is related to other dogs that have had gastric torsion. These are all factors that will make your dog more inclined to develop this condition.

How Do I Know if My Dog Has Gastric Torsion?

If your dog develops these symptoms, it is time to RUSH to the hospital:

-Trying to vomit with nothing being produced, or Retching

-Chest and/or stomach is tight to the touch

-Restlessness

-Pacing

-Whining or crying

-Sensitivity to moving or being touched

-Distended abdomen

-Looking at his abdomen

-Standing with head down and legs apart, may be shaking

-Rapid shallow breathing

-Pale or off-color gums (dark red in initial stages of GDV, pale white or blue in later stages of GDV)

-Excessive salivation

-Foamy saliva

-Rapid heart rate

-Collapse

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Xray of a German Shepherd stomach with gastric torsion – this shows the classic “double bubble” which is indicative of GDV. Photo by Joel Mills/Wikimedia Commons.

 

How to Prevent Gastric Torsion

Things you can do at home to prevent GDV are surprisingly simple!

-Feed your pup several small meals a day, instead of one or two large meals.

-Make sure your dog eats SLOWLY – use a dog food bowl specifically designed to slow down your dog’s meal time if necessary, such as the Green Slow Feeder by Northmate, or the Outward Hound Fun Feeder.

-Do not let your dog drink large amounts of water directly before or directly after eating.

-Wait at least ONE HOUR after your dog eats before permitting him to exercise or before introducing your dog to stressful situations – such as playtime, breeding, public interactions, bathing, etc. Stress and anxiety are considered to be major causes of the onset of GDV.

-Do not feed your dog very fatty foods – look at the ingredients on your dog food label. If oils are one of the first few ingredients, consider switching to a different type or brand.

 Prophylactic Gastroplexy Surgery

A surgical way to prevent GDV from occurring is also available. Gastroplexy is a prophylactic (preventative) procedure in which the stomach is sutured to the wall of the abdomen, preventing the stomach from turning or twisting.

For females, this operation can be done during a spay, as no additional incisions need to be made. Our surgeon, Dr. Ford Suehiro, recently performed a prophylactic gastroplexy on a 6 month old female Great Dane during a routine spay, and she has recovered nicely.

For males, the surgery can also take place at the same time a neuter is performed, but an additional incision needs to be made to reach the abdomen.

If your dog does not need a neuter or spay, and you would like him to have a gastroplexy, this is of course possible, as gastroplexy is a routine surgery.

The recovery time for females and males after gastroplexy is 1 – 2 days.

Whether or not your pup should have a gastroplexy depends on their risk factors, such as the factors listed above – have the dog’s relatives had gastric torsion? Is your dog a purebred that has a high risk for gastric torsion?

If you think your dog would be a good candidate for gastroplexy surgery, and you would like to talk to Dr. Suehiro about the possibility of your dog having this procedure, please feel free to call the hospital and ask for a consultation. If your pup is at high risk for gastric torsion, a prophylactic surgery may be a smart move.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BHSAH Staff News

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Lilli with a furry friend 🙂

 

After being a valued RVT here at the Beverly Hills Small Animal Hospital for 8 years, our technician Lilli Balam is leaving to start a double path – she will be working part time at a veterinary clinic closer to her home in Highland Park, and she will be teaching a Veterinary Assistant course part time at Glendale Community College !

We are so proud of Lilli and are sad to see her go, but we know she will be helping  expand young veterinary minds and making sick pups and kitties feel better wherever she is.

Thanks so much Lilli ! And congratulations on your new role in educating America’s youth. 🙂

 

Our Technicians becoming Vet Students ! 2015 Edition !

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Between 1991 and 2015, 30 of our veterinary assistants have gone on to veterinary school! We are so proud of this record.

At the Beverly Hills Small Animal Hospital, we encourage an environment of learning, continuing education, and hands-on experience. Our senior doctors John Winters and Ford Suehiro have extensive experience working with new assistants.

We always welcome pre-veterinary college students interested in the day-to-day operations of small animal medicine to inquire about volunteering or working as paid veterinary assistants with us, as our schedule allows.

We also welcome high school students who are interested in a career in veterinary medicine to come and observe, and perform some menial hospital tasks to assist our doctors, technicians, and kennel staff.

Contact Dr. Ford Suehiro or technician Melanie at (310) 276-7113 to inquire.

 This year, our veterinary assistants William Byun, Matthew Moodie, and Alyssa Tamayo are entering school for Veterinary Medicine – and vet assistant Kimi Sharma is entering a Pre-Health college program at the University of Pennsylvania. We want to give a shout-out to these fine animal lovers here on the BHSAH blog, and to publish some words directly from them about their love of animals and their interest in Veterinary Medicine.

Vet Students Matt Moodie

MATTHEW MOODIE and his friend, Chief

BHSAH: Where are you going to school and what year will you be entering?

MM: I’m starting at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine this fall!

Do you know what kind of veterinary medicine you want to focus on?

I’ve always been interested small animal medicine, particularly surgery. However, I’m open to anything and I’m excited to explore the other areas of the field.

What inspires you to be a veterinarian?

My passion for helping both animals and people inspires me to be a veterinarian. The idea that I can dedicate my education and experience to bettering the lives of pets and their owners makes me really excited to attend veterinary school and begin practicing.

What is your favorite animal and why?

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Why, hello there.

I love dogs, of course: particularly Labrador Retrievers.

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Hello !

But, recently, I’ve developed a love for goats. I think it started when I visited a farmers market near my house and saw an adorable baby goat and his family. I also respect their outlook on life: eat everything and don’t take anything too seriously.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vet Students Alyssa Tamayo

ALYSSA TAMAYO

BHSAH: Where are you going to school and what year will you be entering?

AT: I am excited to start at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine this Fall!

Do you know what kind of veterinary medicine you want to focus on?

I have a unique collection of experiences from marine mammal medicine to small animal medicine. Although I am still undecided which part of the veterinary field I want to go into, I look forward to refining my interests in veterinary school.

What inspires you to be a veterinarian?

There was never one ah-ha moment that led me to become a veterinarian, but rather an accumulation of moments that have built a foundation for my affinity to the profession. Whether it’s treating a wild sea lion with a gill net injury, or generating a differential diagnosis for a dog presenting with lameness, I enjoy the challenge and adventure.

What is your favorite animal and why?

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Hello!!

My favorite animal is the Charolais Cow. The Charolais Cow was the first animal birth that I witnessed. I was working on a project in the pastoral hillsides of Merced, California when I encountered a 1500 pound mama giving birth!

 

 

 

 

 

Vet Students William

WILLIAM BYUN with his angel Minnie

BHSAH: Where are you going to school and what year will you be entering?

WB: Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine!! Entering Fall of 2015.

Do you know what kind of veterinary medicine you want to focus on?

No idea yet, and I am very open to any field, although I do see myself practicing small animal medicine.

What inspires you to be a veterinarian?

I want to be just like Dr. Suehiro. I have the appearance down, so I just need to work on my veterinary skills and knowledge, haha. But on a more serious note, I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else. My love for and interest in animals is a given, but there is nothing more rewarding than seeing a patient recover and live on happily. In addition, I am forever thankful for the doctors and staff at BHSAH for helping me solidify my decision to go to veterinary school. They were a huge inspiration and without them I would not be where I am now.

What is your favorite animal and why?

My favorite animals are dogs. They just get you and all they really care about is making you happy and food. You can’t ask for much more. I do love cows too though, I just haven’t had the opportunity to meet one yet, so I’m only basing that feeling from what I’ve read and seen on Youtube.

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KIMI SHARMA

 

BHSAH: Where are you going to school and what year will you be entering?

 

KS: As an inspiring veterinarian with a subpar academic record, I have decided to follow a somewhat unconventional path to fulfilling my dreams of working with our furry friends! I will be attending University of Pennsylvania in the Pre-Health Specialized Studies Program. This program serves to bolster my academic portfolio through achieving stellar grade (hopefully!) in upper level biology and physiology courses. I will begin the program this upcoming May and complete it in May of 2016 with both the resume and confidence to apply to veterinary school that same year!

 

Do you know what kind of veterinary medicine you want to focus on?

 

While the majority of my volunteer work has been with small animals, I am largely excited to explore the field of large animals in school and hopefully do some sort of work with them after veterinary school. Alternatively, I would love to explore the fast-paced arena of shelter medicine and contribute to the everlasting effort to help animals in those conditions.

 

What inspires you to be a veterinarian?

 

Having been exposed to human medicine throughout most of my life, the idea of veterinary medicine was new and exciting. It was both the undying passion and unwavering love for his occupation that my uncle exuded whilst shadowing him that incited a dormant desire within me to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. This desire has since been fueled by the amazing work of the doctors and my peers at the Beverly Hills Small Animal Hospital.

 

What is your favorite animal and why?
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Hello !!!

 

I was exposed to desert tortoises (Gopherus agassizii, to be exact) through some volunteer work in Las Vegas and have since deemed them to be my favorite animal. While they appear to be quite intimidating animals with scaly skin and an obtrusive outer shell, their truly docile dispositions and voracious appetites make them a formidable force in the animal kingdom. I am largely attracted to the oxymoronic idea of a tortoise: a Bowser- like fierceness presented by their superficial characteristics alongside a gentle nature.
 They are such amazing, for a lack of a better word, creatures!
Congratulations Matt, Alyssa, William, and Kimi! We are so proud of you.
(adorable cat grad cap at top from etsy shop iheartneedlework
Goat pics from Wikimedia Commons / Wik Commons & Jeffrey Pang
Charolais Cow from Wikimedia Commons
Desert Tortoise by Wikimedia Commons/Pierre Fidenci)

Woofstock 2015 – This Sunday March 8th!

Woofstock 2015 flyer

 

You know Spring has arrived when Woofstock is here!

Come say “Hello!” to us at our Beverly Hills Small Animal Hospital tent and get your photo taken with your furry babies at our photo booth! The collection of photos of our clients with their babies is something we CHERISH every year.

Also, pet parade! Talent show! Food Trucks!

Woofstock this Sunday!
March 8th, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Roxbury Park
471 Roxbury Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

 

 

Meet Your Pharmacist! Payam Shabboui’s Wilshire Le Doux Pharmacy Turns 5 Years Old

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The master pharmacist Payam Shabboui at work.

We carry quite a bit of medications here on-site at the animal hospital, but sometimes we need a pharmacist’s expertise to help find solutions for our patients’ pharmaceutical needs. Owners can have a difficult time giving their pets medications, or sometimes cats and small dogs need a smaller-than-normal dose of medication.  For most of these custom orders, we order from Payam Shabboui at the Wilshire Le Doux Pharmacy in Beverly Hills, at the corner of Wilshire Blvd. and Le Doux Road (one block West of La Cienega). Payam can formulate a chicken or even a fish flavored liquid medication for those finicky pets or compound their medications into smaller dosages for our small patients.

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Payam’s pharmacy is located on the ground floor of the Cedars Sinai Heart Institute Building on Wilshire and Le Doux

Payam is a first-rate pharmacist for both human and animal medications, having graduated first from UCLA and then the Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy; but Payam started out at the BHSAH as a young fellow in high school!

Payam started working at the Beverly Hills Small Animal Hospital as a sophmore at Beverly Hills High School in 1992, and worked as a technician and doctor’s assistant until 1998. He worked with Dr. Suehiro, Dr. Winters, and Dr. Keagy, who is now retired.

Payam interior

Payam opened his pharmacy in Beverly Hills on the first floor of the Cedars Sinai Heart Institute Building on Wilshire because of its proximity to the medical community in Los Angeles – Cedars Sinai Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, and several private medical office buildings are in the immediate area.

 We love to use Payam as our compounding pharmacist for our custom-order veterinary prescriptions because he is reliable, trustworthy, fast, and does an excellent job. The doctors at our hospital use Payam as an important trusted resource regarding human-grade medications that we give to your pets and their interactions with other medications. Many of the employees at the BHSAH won’t go anywhere else for their human flu shots, either! He has an especially gentle touch and it is a pleasure to visit him at his wood panel-lined pharmacy, full of special products and gifts from all over the world.

 

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The Swedish Snotsucker
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Best get-well card ever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even though the majority of Payam’s business is for human patients, we love and appreciate him for his animal care. We also love his young doggy Charlie! And apparently he has a name for every fish in his 500-gallon tropical fish tank as well. 🙂

Happy 5th Anniversary Payam!

-The BHSAH

Payam's lab Charlie looking quite handsome.
Payam’s lab Charlie looking quite handsome.

 

 

 

 

 

 Wilshire Le Doux Pharmacy is located at:

8536 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 101

tel (310) 657-4090

Mon–Fri 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Our Continuing Education in Anesthesiology

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One of our clients in post-surgical recovery gets a loving hand from our tech.

Our BHSAH surgeon, Dr. Ford Suehiro, spent last Sunday in San Diego at a veterinary seminar that covered all the latest medical updates on veterinary anesthesia. This seminar was designed for veterinarians to be informed about the most current techniques and products in the field of anesthesiology and pain management, in order to use the safest practices to manage pain, both locally and with general anesthesia, during and after surgery.

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The seminar, sponsored by pharmaceutical company Elanco, had the prestigious speaker William Muir III, DVM, a world-renowned researcher and clinician in anesthesiology and cardiovascular physiology.

Anesthesia Handbook coverDr. Muir is the author of The Handbook of Veterinary Anesthesia and The Handbook of Veterinary Pain Management. You can read more about Dr. Muir here.

Dr. Muir gave an all-day presentation about up-to-date surgical protocols, and covered his widely-practiced clinical studies on anesthetics.

There were about 200 veterinarians and technicians from all over Southern California at the all-day seminar. Some of Dr. Suehiro’s favorite topics were:

–The multi-modal use of pain medications, which refers to using multiple pain medications, including opiates and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Multi-modal pain management is a safer way of treating pain than anesthetic gas alone; this way, less anesthetic gas can be used, which will result in less side-effects and a faster and easier post-surgical recovery.

–The development of a Propofol alternative, called Alfaxan, which has a wider safety margin than Propofol, which means it has more flexibility in dosage than Propofol and less chance of adverse side-effects.

–Developments in newer, safer anesthesia monitoring equipment, such as new equipment that prevents the over-inflation of lungs in animals that are being ventilated. Dr. Muir also discussed improved monitoring parameters to ensure better patient recovery.

Dr. Suehiro had a great time at the seminar with Dr. Muir, and we are happy that he is keeping as up-to-date as possible on all the latest techniques and equipment, making our surgical patients as happy and as safe as possible!

Ask Dr. Suehiro about the seminar the next time you bring your furry baby in to the Animal Hospital!

(photo at top by BHSAH diva Melanie Bellomo.)

 

 

Our Pack is Smart!! Our Techs Go to Vet School

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Between 1991 and 2014, 27 of our veterinary assistants have gone on to veterinary school! We are so proud of this record.

At the Beverly Hills Small Animal Hospital, we encourage an environment of learning, continuing education, and hands-on experience. Our senior doctors John Winters and Ford Suehiro have extensive experience working with new assistants.

We always welcome pre-veterinary college students interested in the day-to-day operations of small animal medicine to inquire about volunteering or working as paid veterinary assistant with us, as our schedule allows.

We also welcome high school students who are interested in a career in veterinary medicine to come and observe, and perform some menial hospital tasks to assist our doctors, technicians, and kennel staff.

Contact Dr. Ford Suehiro or technician Melanie at (310) 276-7113 to inquire.

 

Vet Techs Emma and Tracy
Technicians Emma Katz (L) and Tracy Noda (R) get some R&R before heading off to vet school.

 

Two of the incredible talents that we are losing to vet school this year are technicians Emma Katz and Tracy Noda.

 

Vet Techs Emma Puppies

Emma Katz has been working at the Beverly Hills Small Animal Hospital for the last several months, bringing her puppy love and caring touch to every animal that crossed her path in the exam rooms, the ICU, or in surgery. She was gifted enough to have her choice between multiple veterinary schools, and has chosen to attend the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.

 

Vet Tech Tracy

Tracy Noda has been working at BHSAH for the last two years, assisting Dr. Suehiro in surgery and excelling as a vet tech in the ICU. She also had her choice between schools (go Tracy!), and will be attending the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

 

Emma and Tracy answered some interview questions for the BHSAH blog to share with their adoring public:

Where/When did your passion start?

Emma: My passion for animals started when I was a little girl. I have always loved animals and wanted to be a vet.

Tracy: Like many of us out there, my love for animals started before the advent of the internet and reality TV; however, I didn’t realize my desire to enter the veterinary field until after I received my bachelor’s degree from UCSD and wanted to pursue a career that truly followed my passions.

How did you hear about the Beverly Hills Small Animal Hospital?

Emma: I heard about BHSAH through a family friend who knew Dr. Winters. I wanted to be more involved in the area so I reached out and started working as an intern.

Tracy: Once I decided that I wanted to try my hand in veterinary medicine, I was introduced to Dr. Suehiro through family friends who heard I was looking for experience.  Serendipity!

Do you think working with an emphasis on hands-on learning at BHSAH encouraged your career path and veterinary passion?

Emma: Completely. Working at BHSAH has only solidified my passion and interest in the field. I have been able to continue my pursuit through being completely hands on in the practice. Through working in ICU, to assisting the vets in the rooms, and even scrubbing in on surgeries, I have been able to further develop my skills, knowledge, and passion.

Tracy: Working at the hospital has been an absolute pleasure and has also opened my eyes to all of the good that can be done in the field, and in life. They are incredibly nurturing here and try to teach us everything they can to further encourage our interest in veterinary medicine. The experience that I have gained here is invaluable, and I will forever be grateful to the doctors and staff.

What experiences from BHSAH have helped you most?

Emma: I really enjoy working with the people at BHSAH. Everyone here is so supportive and only wish for you to succeed. It really makes coming to the hospital everyday a true joy.

Tracy: I was a lucky duck to come to BHSAH. They have given me the opportunity to gain hands on experience and have entrusted me with more responsibilities over time which as further developed my knowledge and love of the field. I would say that the most valuable asset that I have gained from working here would be the experience and the encouragement that I received to pursue my dreams.

 Short piece of advice:

Emma: Follow your dream 🙂

Tracy: Life is full of surprises and challenges. One thing that I have taken away from this experience is to never give up on your pursuit of happiness. As C.S. Lewis said, “You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream.”

 What are your future goals and hopes?

Emma: I eventually see myself specializing in orthopedic surgery but am open to anything really, as long as I’m doing what I love, which is working with animals.

Tracy: Upon graduation from veterinary school, I would love to come back to Southern California to start my own practice. I would also love to be able volunteer my services abroad to communities that would not have access to veterinary care for their furry loved ones.

We are so proud of you, Emma and Tracy! Great journeys and happy trails. We hope you fix many animals in need out there.

(adorable cat grad cap at top from etsy shop iheartneedlework)

 

 

 

Breathe Easy! Respiratory Disease Seminar at the BHSAH Helps You Exhale

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Respiratory Dog Nose

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the nose knows ~ we love when our furry friends breathe freely 🙂

As part of our continuing thirst for knowledge here at the Beverly Hills Small Animal Hospital, we invited pharmaceutical company representatives from Zoetis and their lecturer, Dr. Stephan A. Carey, DVM, PhD, Assistant Professor  at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, to come in and teach our staff a continuing education seminar about various respiratory diseases that most commonly effect dogs and cats.

These diseases include bordetella, mycoplasma, and canine influenza (dogs only).

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Dr. Stephan A. Carey

 

Dr. Carey’s lecture included details about the ways these diseases spread between animals, how vaccinations for bordetella operate within your pet’s immune system, and the best way to treat your pet once these diseases have been diagnosed.

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Dr. Carey was a very thorough lecturer and we thank him for coming in and talking to us!

 

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Zoetis reps havin’ fun at BHSAH

(all lovely snouts at top from commons.wikimedia.org)